Today is the last day that the Canadian Mint will be distributing pennies. The penny is being phased out in favour of rounding everything to the nickle. Because of this less than momentous occasion we bring up the topic today of value. Where do things get their value and how do we know how much something is worth.
For the most part value is placed on things by two groups of people, authority figures and manufacturers. The government sets the relative value of the penny compared to the loonie, the painter sets a value on his art, and we go to an appraiser when we want an authoritative appraisal value for an antique. You see, the phrase, "One man's junk is another man's treasure." is accurate. Value is not something that any object has intrinsically. Value is placed upon an object (or a person) by an authority or the manufacturer.
In our case God is both the authority and the manufacturer. Only He can set our value. And He has! We are so valuable that He calls us His children. He keeps track of every tear we cry and counts every hair that is on (or in the case of some, off) our heads. Our value then, is not derived from what others think of us, or even what we think of ourselves. Our value is set by the One who made us.
Luke 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
And so today, don't let the opinions of others or your own feelings of inadequacy overshadow the fact that you are a person of impressive value; a value that has been set by God that no one and no feeling can take away.